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HOWELL – The former owner of the Big Frog Custom T-Shirt store in the township is heading to prison for three years for a number of sexual assaults, according to authorities.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Gramiccioni confirmed that 53-year-old Brian Young was sentenced to the term in New Jersey State Prison for inappropriately touching several victims who were both customers and employees at his store.

Young pleaded guilty to charges of third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child and fourth degree Criminal Sexual Contact before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Dennis R. O’Brien on October 11, 2019. 

Young will be subject to the provisions of Megan’s Law and Parole Supervision for Life once he is released from state prison.

A joint investigation by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Howell Township Police Department was launched in November 2018 after the Howell Township Police Department received a report that Young inappropriately touched a juvenile victim while inside his business. 

Following the defendant’s arrest on November 9, 2018, five additional adult victims, who were customers and employees, disclosed Young had also inappropriately touched them at the business.